Ind. Pharmacy Issues

Delivery Service Nothing New For Independent Pharmacies

Recently, CVS announced that they would be offering same-day prescription delivery nationwide. This news comes approximately one year after announcing that they would be offering one and two-day shipping for $4.99. This “new” service will cost $7.99. However, to independent pharmacies across Kansas this is nothing newsworthy to them. For years independent pharmacies have prided…

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Kansas Pharmacy Legislation Signed Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly signed into law HB 2119. The committee report includes two pieces of pharmacy legislation that will take effect later this year. Currus lobbyist Travis Lowe sat down with us to briefly explain what the bills do and how they will impact your pharmacy.  

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Julie Perkins

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Julie Perkins of Batson’s Drug Store in Howard, Kan. She spoke with us to share why she became a pharmacist, why she chose an independent pharmacy path, and some reasons why she loves serving her community.   When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? My father…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Charis Dunlap and Caitlin Kongs

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Charis Dunlap and Caitlin Kongs from Ar-Ex Drug Store in Marysville, Kan. They spoke with us to share why they became pharmacists, what they love about independent pharmacy, and a recent award their pharmacy won that they’re extremely proud of.   When did you realize that you wanted to become…

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Becoming a Pharmacist

This past month, we had the pleasure of hosting Dalton Lierz – a pharmacy student from the University of Kansas who is in his final year of rotations. We sat down with Dalton to learn about his experiences on rotation and how his time at Currus has impacted his view on independent pharmacy.    What…

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Thousands Sign on in Support of DIR Proposal

According to NCPA, nearly 3,500 pharmacists and over 150 pharmacy stakeholder organizations have supported a potential change in DIR fees in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed pricing rule for 2020. The proposed change would eliminate retroactive DIR fees and issue them at the point of sale. This move would save patients…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Lisa and Tony Gales

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Currus members Drs. Lisa and Tony Gales. The Gales are the owners of Main Street Pharmacy in Coldwater, Kan. This is their story about how they came to be pharmacists and what motivated them to become independent pharmacy owners in a rural community.   What made you want to become…

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Everything Old is New Again?

Image courtesy of MorningConsult.com

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO Douglas Hoey recently wrote an op-ed piece for Morning Consult on behalf of independent pharmacies. In the piece he gives a thoughtful reminder about some of the personalized services that independent pharmacies have been providing patients for years – despite mergers and mail order making headlines regarding their “new” services.…

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President Trump Legalizes Hemp with Farm Bill Signing

On Thursday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill passed out of the House last week with a vote of 369-47 and passed the Senate on Tuesday with an 87-13 vote. Among its many agricultural measures, the bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act – effectively legalizing hemp…

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